NFL Mock Draft

The Top2Sports staff performed our first NFL mock draft on February 10th. Below are the results; with short explanations for each pick. We explain each pick in much more detail in Episode 3 of the Top2Pod; listen in and follow us on Podbean/subscribe on iTunes.

  1. Cleveland Browns: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA
    Rosen is the most polished QB in this class. He will maximize the talent the Browns now truly are building around him on offense. He will get them to playoffs sooner than the other QB’s in this class.
  2. Miami Dolphins (via NYG): Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC
    The Giants resist drafting Barkley here, and instead trade back to the Dolphins who are eager to cut Tannehill’s $24 million contract for $4 million in dead cap. They draft Darnold for his potential, but he is still a very raw player.
  3. Indianapolis Colts Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State
    Barkley adds an Immediate spark to an offense that’s become stagnant. The Colts need to take pressure off Luck, and Barkley will definitely accomplish that. 
  4. Cleveland Browns: Minkah Fitzpatrick Defensive Back, Alabama  
    Minkah could hold claim to being the best player in this class. He is so versatile on the back end of the defense. He will be what they thought Jabrill Peppers was going to be. He can also ruin any offensive mismatches caused by TE’s or RB’s.
  5. Denver Broncos: Quenton Nelson, Guard, Norte Dame
    After securing Kirk Cousins via Free Agency, the Broncos focus on shoring up their offensive line. They get the best lineman in the draft here.
  6. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma                                                       Jets need a Quarterback. Mayfield has Namath-type potential and Manziel-type hype; everything the Jets could ever want.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bradley Chubb Defensive End, North Carolina State
    Chubb with a mini slide allows the Bucs to steal the best pass rusher in the draft. He is very talented and will slot in well next to Gerald McCoy. He has all the potential to be a double digit sack artist.
  8. Chicago Bears: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama 
    The Bears reach here to get the offensive weapon they desperately need to help Trubisky.
  9. San Francisco: 49ers Derwin James, Defensive Back, Florida State
    Lynch knows a good safety when he see him, and with Eric Reid being a Free Agent, this fits nicely.
  10. Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith Line Backer, Georgia
    Time to go super chalky. Roquan is going to the Raiders in all the mocks. I like the fit a lot. A plus athlete who is phenomenal in coverage and sharp as a tack. Great compliment to Khalil Mack in that front seven.
  11. New York Giants (via MIA): Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas
    The Giants address their biggest need, while stocking up on draft picks for trading down this far. They’ll use their extra picks to address the running back position in round 2.
  12. Cincinnati Bengals: Orlando Brown Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma
    Bengals get a nice big tackle to waste away in Marvin Lewis’ awful offense full of talented skill players, and Andy Dalton.
  13. Buffalo Bills (via WAS): Josh Allen Quarterback, Wyoming
    The Bills move up for fear of missing out on a QB. Allen is what they wanted Peterman to be. Still a bit of a rash decision maker, but he has all the physical talent to have the best career of anyone in this class.
  14. Green Bay Packers: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State
    Packers get great value in this defensive back who could’ve easily gone top 10; it helps them build a defense that can support an Aaron Rodgers led championship run.
  15. Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville                                         Lamar Jackson brings the speed and excitement to Arizona that will make Fitzgerald not regret coming back for another season.
  16. Baltimore Ravens: Courtland Sutton Wide Receiver, SMU
    The Ravens grab my WR1 in this class. He is a specimen, long and athletic. He is strong at the catch point and can be the more athletic Brandon Marshall to aging Joe Flacco’s Jay Cutler.
  17. Los Angeles Chargers: Tremaine Edmunds, Line Backer, Virginia Tech
    The Chargers get another extremely athletic and talented piece to their defense, scoring big from Edmunds taking a slide; he is a top 10 talent.
  18. Seattle Seahawks: Marcus Davenport, Defensive End, UTSA
    Seattle’s defense is in desperate need of revamping. The Seahawks start by addressing an obvious void in their depth chart; defensive live.
  19. Dallas Cowboys: Maurice Hurst, Defensive Tackle, Michigan
    My favorite in a deep class of interior defensive lineman. Hurst is a grown man in the middle. He can be the run stopping force that really opens up the Dallas pass rushers.
  20. Detroit Lions: Derrius Guice, Running Back, LSU
    The Lions get the best pick in the first round here. Guice’s strength based approach compliments the pass catching backs in Detroit, and makes them an instant playoff contender.
  21. Buffalo Bills: Dallas Goedert, Tight End, South Dakota State
    Dallas “Gogurt” Goedert gives Josh Allen a weapon more dangerous than the extremely average Charles Clay.
  22. Washington Redskins (via BUF): Ronnie Harrison, Defensive Back, Alabama
    Washington trades down with the Bills in this scenario grabbing Harrison as a big presence in the secondary. Breeland and Norman are strong corners who will allow Harrison to play box safety often which will help alleviate concerns with the linebacking core should Zach Brown leave.
  23. Los Angeles Rams: Mike Hughes, Cornerback, UCF
    The Rams get help in the secondary from the versatile national champion. He should be able to make an immediate impact in pass coverage.
  24. Carolina Panthers: Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU
    Panthers take advantage of the depth at interior line in this draft. They are likely to lose guys at this position to free agency, and Key will fill the void.
  25. Tennessee Titans: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo EDGE , OKlahoma
    A strong hands pass rusher with plenty of bend around the edge steps in to replace Orakpo. Opinions differ greatly on Okoronkwo around the draft community, but he holds a 1sr round grade in my book.
  26. Atlanta Falcons: Viita Vea, Defensive Tackle, University of Washington
    The Falcons score big, literally, with this pick. Vea is a big tackle that fills the anticipated gaps in their rush defense.
  27. New Orleans Saints: Christian Kirk, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M University
    Kirk goes a bit higher than most expect here, but he fits the Saints well. Their offense gets a major bump from a reliable slot receiver.
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashaan Evans, Linebacker, Alabama
    Because linebackers go to Pittsburgh. But also because the loss of Lawrence Timmons and James Harrison shows and they need more help there. Evans can develop into a strong leader in the middle of a defense that still has plenty of young talent.
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame
    McGlinchey brings versatility and potential to Jacksonville’s offensive line. It’s a great pick by Jacksonville, whose priority this offseason will be getting Bortles more support.
  30. Minnesota Vikings: Dorian O’ Daniel, Linebacker, Clemson
    Embarrassment of riches. O’Daniel is a freak athlete that can be employed properly by Mike Zimmer amd makes an already great defense even better.
  31. New England: Patriots Joshua Jackson Defensive Back, Iowa
    Physical corner with a good size and speed combo. He’ll help replace Malcolm Butler in the secondary.
  32. Philadelphia Eagles: Marcus Allen, Defensive Back,  Penn State
    Marcus Allen, though similar to Malcolm Jenkins, can compliment him well. The pair are both good run defenders and Jenkins can help to develop Allen’s weaknesses in deep coverage. Allen is a first round type of athlete and polished tackler and fits the Eagles grinding style of defense.

About Matt Hicks

Matt’s writing at Top2 is focused on dynasty fantasy football. He loves blending his experience writing research in the field of education with fantasy football stats. Matt currently lives in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. You can follow Matt on Twitter: @Top2Matt

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